The Legend of Zelda series has come a long way since its inception in 1986. What began as an ambitious, top-down adventure game that found success on the NES is now an iconic part of the video game industry, with Link – despite his penchant for being accidentally referred to as Zelda by parents who mean well everywhere – becoming one of the most recognizable video game characters worldwide. The same is true of Link’s legendary weapon, the Master Sword, and now fans of the series can watch every single cutscene in the history of the franchise that depicts the green-garbed hero acquiring his famous blade.
The video, which was made by YouTuber ProsafiaGaming, celebrates over thirty years of the Master Sword and spans over eight different game devices. The video is up to date with the series, meaning it also includes the cutscene from the incredibly successful Breath of the Wild – for those who want to cherish the moment of finding the Master Sword in the latest game themselves, stop watching at the 03:28 minute mark in the video.
The compilation video is a nice tribute to one of the most prominent recurring themes in the Legend of Zelda series, and it also makes for an intriguing examination of how dramatically the franchise has evolved over the years. Seeing Breath of the Wild‘s staggering graphics so soon after watching a pixelated, orange-ish Link lifting what appears to be an upside down plunger is pleasantly jarring.
There’s certainly a renewed market for Legend of Zelda retrospectives now that Nintendo has completely changed the game’s formula in Breath of the Wild. Breath of the Wild isn’t just in the argument for the best Legend of Zelda game ever, but also for one of the best games ever made in general, and it’s only natural that fans would want to see more content involving Link and friends.
Now that Breath of the Wild has made its mark on the gaming world, it will only be a matter of time until gamers begin to wonder what’s next for Link, Zelda, and Ganon. If ProsafiaGaming’s video is any indication, however, no matter what changes Nintendo decides to make during production of the next game, there will definitely be a beautifully rendered scene of Link lifting the Master Sword above his head, and it will be just as enthralling as its predecessors.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now for Switch and Wii U.